The Jose Quintana sweepstakes has taken a sharp turn, as the New York Yankees have not only inquired on the left-hander, but have expanded their trade talks with the Chicago White Sox to acquire David Robertson in a potential deal as well, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. However, as Nightengale reports, the Yankees would only be willing to acquire Robertson if the White Sox were to "eat" part of Robertson's remaining four-year, $46 million deal.
This would not be Quintana's first ride through the rumor block this off-season, as the Houston Astros turned down a deal for Quintana last month and the latest small rumor involved a three-team deal involving the White Sox, Yankees, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 2016, Quintana pitched to a 13-12 record, with a 3.20 ERA and 181 strikeouts over 208 innings, his fourth straight 200 inning season. Meanwhile, Robertson pitched to a 5-3 record, with a 3.47 ERA and 75 strikeouts over 62 and a third innings, all while acquiring 37 saves.
Both pitchers have experience within the Yankees system, as Quintana was a minor league pitcher within the organization for 3 years and Robertson pitched 6 seasons at the major league level before becoming a free agent after the 2014 season and signing the aforementioned incentive-laden four-year contract with the White Sox.
If the Yankees were to acquire both pitchers, they would be paying them $19 million, with $12 million going to Robertson and $7 million going to Quintana. Quintana also has two club options for the 2019 and 2020 campaigns that only total $10.5 million each.